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The Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
Association (BDA) is the industry consortium that develops and licenses Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
technology and is responsible for establishing format standards and promoting business opportunities for Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Disc. The BDA is divided into three levels of membership: the Board of Directors, Contributors, and General Members.[1] The " Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
founder group" was started on May 20, 2002 by MIT and nine leading electronic companies: Sony, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Thomson, LG Electronics, Hitachi, Sharp, and Samsung Electronics.[2] In order to enable more companies to participate, it announced in May 2004 that it would form the Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
Association, which was inaugurated on October 4, 2004.

Contents

1 Members

1.1 Board 1.2 Contributors

2 Timeline of major changes to membership 3 Timeline of major events and announcements involving members 4 References 5 External links

Members[edit] Board[edit] The Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
Association website describes the role of the Board of Directors as follows:[3] "Companies participating in the Board of Directors are active participants in the format creation and key BDA activities. They are selected from the Contributors by-election. The board sets an overall strategy and approves key issues. A board member can participate in all activities and attend all meetings. The Blu-ray Disc Founder companies will make up the initial Board of Directors." The current 20 board members (as of November 2016) are the following:[4]

Sony
Sony
Corporation Xperi Corporation DTS Hitachi-LG Data Storage Intel
Intel
Corporation Koninklijke Philips
Philips
N.V. LG Electronics
LG Electronics
Inc. Mitsubishi Electric Oracle
Oracle
Corporation Panasonic
Panasonic
Corporation Pioneer
Pioneer
Corporation Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics
Co., Ltd. Sharp
Sharp
Corporation Dolby Laboratories Technicolor
Technicolor
SA Toshiba
Toshiba
Corporation 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
Home Entertainment Universal Studios
Universal Studios
Home Entertainment The Walt Disney Company Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Entertainment Lionsgate

Contributors[edit] The role of contributors as described by the Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
Association website:[3]

"Contributors are active participants in the format creation and other key BDA activities. They can be elected to become a member of the Board of Directors. A contributor can attend general meetings and seminars, and can participate in Technical Expert Groups (TEGs), regional Promotion Team activities and most of the Compliance Committee (CC) activities. Membership requires execution of Contribution Agreement and must be approved by the Board of Directors. Annual fee: $ 20,000"

The contributors as of December 2017 are:[4]

BluFocus Inc. CESI Technology Co. Ltd. China Hualu group
China Hualu group
Co., Ltd. Corel Corporation CyberLink Deluxe Digital Studios, Inc. Fraunhofer IIS Irdeto USA, Inc JVC KENWOOD Corporation Memory-Tech Holdings Inc Scenarist Inc Testronic Laboratories, Inc. sMedio, Inc. Funai
Funai
Electric Co., Ltd. Lionsgate
Lionsgate
Entertainment Lite-On
Lite-On
IT Corporation MediaTek
MediaTek
Inc Nvidia Corporation Ritek

Timeline of major changes to membership[edit]

On October 3, 2004 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
announced that it was joining the BDA, and on July 29, 2005 the studio officially announced its support for Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Disc. On March 10, 2005 Apple Computer
Apple Computer
announced its support for Blu-ray Disc and joined the BDA. On August 31, 2006 Sun Microsystems
Sun Microsystems
joined the BDA. On August 30, 2007, during the IFA Consumer Electronics Fair 2007, Acer and China Hualu
China Hualu
joined BDA, and a few days later Acer also announced that they joined HD DVD
HD DVD
North American Promotion Group.[5][6][7]

Timeline of major events and announcements involving members[edit]

On June 30, 2004 Panasonic, a founder member of the Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Disc Association, became the second manufacturer after Sony
Sony
to launch a Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
consumer product into the Japanese market. The DMR-E700BD recorder supported writing to existing DVD formats, and became the first unit to read and write to dual-layer Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Discs with a maximum capacity of 50 gigabytes. The launch price of the recorder was $2780 USD.[8][9] On December 8, 2004 The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
(and its home video division, Buena Vista Home Entertainment) announced its exclusive support for Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Disc. On January 7, 2005 Vivendi Games
Vivendi Games
and Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts
announced their support for the Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
format. On July 28, 2005 Verbatim Corporation, part of Mitsubishi Chemical Media, announced its support for Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
and HD DVD
HD DVD
storage format development.[10] On August 17, 2005 Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
announced it would release its content using the Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
format. On September 7, 2005 Samsung
Samsung
confirmed their next generation of optical drives will support Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
and HD DVD
HD DVD
discs. On October 2, 2005 Both Paramount and The Weinstein Company announced they would endorse Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Disc, while still supplying content on the rival HD DVD
HD DVD
— in order to give consumers a choice. On October 20, 2005 Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
announced they would release titles on the Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
format, in addition to HD DVD
HD DVD
Video.[11][12] On November 1, 2005 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
announced it would release its content using the Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
format. On November 9, 2005 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
announced it would support Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Disc, and plans to have titles available when Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
is launched.[13] On November 19, 2005, Sony
Sony
Pictures Home Entertainment announced that they finished editing the first Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Disc, a full-length movie, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. The disc uses MPEG-2 compression at a resolution of 1920×1080 (it was not announced whether it will be 1080p
1080p
or 1080i) and claims to use a menu interface that would succeed current DVD-Video interfaces.[14] On January 4, 2006, at the Consumer Electronics Show
Consumer Electronics Show
Samsung
Samsung
and Philips
Philips
announced their first Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
players for the U.S. market. Samsung
Samsung
announced the BD-P1000, retailing for $1000 USD
USD
and sporting HDMI output with backward support for DVD formats (DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, and DVD+R), while Philips
Philips
announced the BDP-9000. Philips
Philips
also announced their all-in-one PC TripleWriter Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
drive and range of Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
media would arrive in 2nd quarter of 2006.[15][16] On March 7, 2006 Sony
Sony
announced it would be shipping rewritable single-layer 25 GB 2x speed Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Discs to Europe, with dual-layer discs arriving later in the year.[17] On March 16, 2006 Sony
Sony
announced a Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
player, the first VAIO desktop PC with a Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
recorder, and a Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
internal PC drive would be released in the summer of 2006. The VAIO
VAIO
PC would be shipped with a free 25 GB Blank BD-RE (rewritable) Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
worth $25 USD.[18] On April 10, 2006 TDK announced in a press release that it began shipping 25 GB BD-R and BD-RE media (at prices of $19.99 USD
USD
and $24.99 USD
USD
respectively). TDK also announced that it would be releasing 50 GB BD-R and BD-RE media later this year (at prices of $47.99 USD
USD
and $59.99 respectively).[19] On May 16, 2006 Sony
Sony
announced its first VAIO
VAIO
notebook computer that will include a built-in Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
recorder with a 17" WUXGA display capable of displaying 1080p
1080p
(at a price of $3499.99 USD). The VAIO shipped in June including software to play Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
movies and an HDMI-A input for other HD devices,[20] and that the PlayStation 3
PlayStation 3
home video game console would be using the Blu-Ray Disc format. The console's predecessor, PlayStation 2, uses DVDs for video game software. On May 17, 2006 Pioneer
Pioneer
shipped BDR-101A, a PC-based Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Disc recorder drive.[21] On June 15, 2006, Samsung
Samsung
announced the industry's first BD-P1000 player had begun shipping to U.S. retail stores for availability on June 25, 2006.[22] On July 18, 2006 Verbatim Corporation
Verbatim Corporation
announced that it was shipping its ScratchGuard coated BD-R and BD-RE Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
recordable and rewritable discs to stores in Europe, with discs priced between £20 and £24 (GBP).[23] On August 16, 2006 Sony
Sony
announced shipment of 50 GB dual-layer Blu-ray Disc recordable discs with a suggested retail price of $48.[24] On January 4, 2008, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
announces that it would abandon HD-DVD support by the end of May. On January 5, 2008, New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema
announced it would be following Warner's lead, backing Blu-ray
Blu-ray
exclusively. On February 11, 2008, Netflix
Netflix
announced to phase out HD DVDs and begin to carry only Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Discs.`[25] On February 19, 2008, Universal Studios
Universal Studios
announced it would be releasing movies on Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
format making it the last ever Hollywood
Hollywood
major motion picture studio to release titles on the Blu-ray Disc format. On February 20, 2008, The Weinstein Company announced it would be releasing movies on Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
format. On February 21, 2008, Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
announced it would be releasing movies on Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
format. On February 21, 2008, DreamWorks SKG
DreamWorks SKG
announced it would be following Paramount and Amblin's lead, it would abandon HD-DVD support by the end of March. On August 15, 2008, Microsoft added Blu-Ray native support to their operating systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003
and Windows Server 2008.[26] On May 21, 2013, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One
Xbox One
home video game console would be using the Blu-Ray Disc format. The console's predecessor, Xbox 360, uses DVDs for video game software and supports an optional external HD DVD
HD DVD
drive for films (which has been discontinued in February 2008)

References[edit]

^ "Membership Levels (About Us, Blu-Ray Association)". 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-09.  ^ "Disclosure of Specifications for Large Capacity Optical Disc Recording Format Utilizing Blue-Violet Laser Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
Begins (May 20, 2002)".  ^ a b Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
Association Membership Levels ^ a b Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
Association Supporting Companies ^ "Acer Joins BDA". 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-12.  ^ "IFA Underway in Berlin; Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Takes Center Stage". 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-02.  ^ "Acer, China Huala Group join Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
camp". 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-03.  ^ "Matsushita unveils DVD recorder adopting Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
format+". Forbes. 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-25.  ^ " Panasonic
Panasonic
Unveils Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Recorder". 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-25.  ^ "Verbatim Announces Development Plans for both BluRay and HD-DVD". 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-24.  ^ Arnold, Thomas K. (2005). "Another Victory for Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Camp". Archived from the original on 2006-01-04. Retrieved 2006-04-03.  ^ "Warner joins Blu-ray
Blu-ray
cabal, Toshiba
Toshiba
reacts". 2005. Retrieved 2006-04-03.  ^ "MGM to Support Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
Format". 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2006-04-03.  ^ " Sony
Sony
Pictures Home Entertainment Completes First Full-Length Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Disc". 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-07-12. Retrieved 2006-04-03.  ^ "Samsung's BD-P1000: first U.S. Blu-Ray player". 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-24.  ^ " Philips
Philips
introduces new Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
products and media – the ultimate consumer storage platform for high definition entertainment". 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-07-08. Retrieved 2006-08-25.  ^ " Sony
Sony
to ship blank Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Discs this month". 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-24.  ^ " Sony
Sony
unveils Blu-ray
Blu-ray
player, Vaio PC". 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-24.  ^ "TDK Begins Shipping Its Highly Anticipated Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
25 GB Recordable And Rewritable Media; Exclusive Material Formulations and Manufacturing Processes Deliver Bit-Perfect Recording and Playback". 2006. Retrieved 2006-04-10.  ^ " Sony
Sony
announces first VAIO
VAIO
notebook computer to include built-in blu-ray burner". 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2006-05-17.  ^ " Pioneer
Pioneer
Ships PC-Based Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
Drives". 2006. Retrieved 2006-05-25.  ^ "SAMSUNG Launches Industry's First Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
Player To The U.S. Market". 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-24.  ^ "Verbatim to release BD-R, BD-RE media". 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-24.  ^ "SONY NOW SHIPPING 50 GB DUAL LAYER BLU-RAY DISC MEDIA IN THE U.S." Sony. Retrieved 2006-08-17.  ^ "Netflix, Citing a Clear Signal From the Industry, Will Carry High-Def DVDs Only in Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Format". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-02-12.  ^ "Microsoft Adds Blu-ray
Blu-ray
Support to Windows". 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 

External links[edit]

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Blu-ray
portal

Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Disc
Association Full list of supporting companies

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Media formats

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Promoter

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Promotion Group HVD Forum

Interactivity

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Recordable formats

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Comparison

Comparison of high definition optical disc formats

Copy prevention

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players

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Discs

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(HFPA) Total HD Ultra HD

Technology

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& HD-DVD comparison HDTV disc format war Blu-ray
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rot BD-AV Blue laser

Content protection

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Groups

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Founders (BDF) BD-R(E)(DL) manufacturers Disc manufacturers Player manufacturers

Hardware/Software/Content

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